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KFAD were the call letters assigned to a new broadcast station at Phoenix, Arizona in June of 1922 by the Radio Division of the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Navigation to the McArthur Brothers Mercantile Company. Charles and Warren McArthur were the owners of the retail establishment, which was located at 134 South Central Avenue, site of the new station. KFAD was authorized to operate with 100 watts on "the broadcasting wave of 360 meters" (equal to 833 kilocycles) and first went on the air Wednesday, June 21, 1922 as Phoenix's first broadcast station.

 

By January 1924 , KFAD was in operation daily from 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In early 1925, the "Class C" 100 watt station was assigned to operate on 1100 kilocycles by the Radio Division.

 

In late 1925, KFAD's license was transferred to the Electrical Equipment Company of Phoenix. This new firm was owned by the McArthur Brothers Mercantile Company. KFAD's studio and transmitting location was changed to 312 North Central Avenue, and power was concurrently increased to 500 watts in early 1927. By late 1927, KFAD's slogan, used on the air and off, was "The Gold Spot of America." Again, KFAD's dial position was altered--shifting to 330 kilocycles in early 1928. At 3 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 1928, the effective date of a major frequency reallocations ordered by the newly empowered Federal Radio Commission, KFAD was assigned to broadcast on 620 kilocycles.

 

A new studio was outfitted in early 1929, adjacent to its transmitting location at 316 North Central Avenue, in the same building as before. By the fall of 1929, the station's air motto was "Phoenix, where Winter Never Comes." In November 1929, KFAD was transferred to The Arizona Publishing Company, publisher of The Arizona Republic daily newspaper. Minority interest in the 500 watt station was retained by the Electrical Equipment Company of Phoenix. W.W. Knorpp was assigned by the newspaper as Station Manager of KFAD, which, in late November 1929 was assigned new call letters: KREP (for "Republic"). KREP was first used by the station in early December. A second thought about call letters for the station brought on the request for a new call, because KREP was being mispronounced. On December 26, 1929, the FCC authorized KREP to change call letters to KTAR ("The Arizona Republic"). This change was effective February 23, 1930. Also in early 1930, daytime power of the station was increased to 1,000 watts. Night power remained at the 500 watt level. Studios continued to be located at 316 North Central, while its transmitter and masts were located at 314 North Central.

 

KTAR affiliated with the National Broadcasting Company "chain" on June 8, 1930, becoming Arizona's first affiliate of that nationwide network. In late June 1930, a new corporation was formed by "The Arizona Republic" newspaper and the Electrical Equipment Company to operate their station--The KTAR Broadcasting Company.

 

The station was relocated to better quarters in the winter of 1930. By January 1931, KTAR was moved to atop the Heard Building, 116 North Central Avenue. Two Pacific Iron & Steel towers, each 180 feet high, were installed atop the seven-story building to support the KTAR antenna system. The roof was 100 feet above Central Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Phoenix. Richard 0. Lewis became General Manager by 1932; Lewis had been Transferred from "The Republic" staff to the station's staff in 1929.

 

By 1935, KTAR was granted an SA (Special Authorization) by the Federal Communications Commission to utilize 1,000 watts for its nighttime broadcasts; however, it remained licensed for 500 watts of power at night. On February 26, 1935, the station was granted a construction permit to increase night power permanently to 1,000 watts. KTAR became a fulltime 1 KW facility shortly thereafter.

 

By 1937, Sam Kahan was President of The KTAR Broadcasting Company. Continuing as General Manager of the NBC Supplemental" (both Red and Blue chains) affiliate was Richard 0. Lewis. At this time, KTAR, "The Pioneer Station of the Inland Southwest," was in operation 16 3/4 hours a day. By 1938, KTAR was in daily operation from 6:30 a.m to 11:15 p.m.  Ownership of KTAR's licensee continued to be the publishers of the morning "Arizona Republic" and the evening "Phoenix Gazette" and the Electrical Engineering Company interests.

 

The Arizona Broadcasting System, a new statewide network, was inaugurated in July 1939 by the KTAR interests , serving several other Arizona broadcast stations with programming from KTAR , the network's key station, and from the NBC Red Chain. KTAR' s studio facilities, including two broadcasting studios (one seating 90 people) were utilized by ABS. Improved transmitting facilities were constructed in 1940 by KTAR, anticipating a move from atop the Heard Building. At 12:01 a.m. , New Years Day, January 1 , 1941 , KTAR debuted a new 4O-acre transmitting site at the corner of 36th Street and East Thomas Road, and increased power from 1,000 to 5,000 watts, utilizing a new Western Electric 5 KW transmitter. A new modern one-story transmitter building was constructed adjacent to two new Allison self-supported towers (one 400 feet tall; the other, for nighttime directional use, 300 feet in height) , making KTAR the first direction station in Arizona.

It was also the state's first 5 KW facility. The new transmitter was remotely controlled from the newly remodeled KTAR studios at 711 Heard Building in downtown Phoenix. On February 21, 1941, the new transmitter and a plaque on the building at the East Thomas Road site were dedicated.

 

KTAR, the Phoenix NBC affiliate, dropped Blue Network programming in 1943, but continued with NBC-Red and the Arizona Broadcasting System programming. KTAR (along with two other commonly-owned Arizona broadcast stations) was sold in August 1944 by the Arizona Publishing Company interests (Charles A. Stauffer, Board Chairman). Acquiring KTAR, KVOA, Tucson, and KYUM, Yuma, for $375,000 was John J. Louis, doing business as The KTAR Broadcasting Company. Mr. Louis, a Vice President of a Chicago advertising agency, was a winter resident of Phoenix. FCC approval of the sale occurred in July. After this sale, Mr. Louis, now 77.3% owner, became President of KTAR's Licensee, while R.O. Lewis, now a minority owner, was retained as General Manager. In 1946, John J. Louis became Chairman of the Board of The KTAR Broadcasting Company, and was succeeded as President by Dick Lewis; Mr. Lewis continued to serve as Manager, as well.

 

The Arizona Broadcasting System (also sold in the 1944 transaction to the Louis interests) numbered seven affiliates in Arizona (including key station KTAR) by 1947. They were KVOA, Tucson, KYUM, Yuma, KGLU , Safford , KYCA, Prescott, KAWT, Douglas , and KWJB, Globe. Programming of NBC was carried by the statewide network as well as Phoenix-originated offerings.

 

Studios were moved from 711 Heard Building to new quarters in the "KTAR Building" at 1101 North Central Avenue in the early fifties. Majority owner and Board Chairman J.J. Louis died at age 63 on February 19, 1959. J.J. Louis Jr. of Chicago was named Board Chairman of The KTAR Broadcasting Company by 1960.

 

By the early sixties, programming was described as "middle-of-the-road" music with NBC and the regional Arizona Broadcasting System programming predominating. By 1964, Station Manager of KTAR was Ray C. Smucker, a corporate Vice President. In July 1967, Richard 0. Lewis was elevated to board Chairman, and concurrently Mr. Smucker succeeded him as President and General Manager of KTAR. Mr. Lewis had earlier been named Chainman of the Executive Committee.

 

A reorganization of the ownership of KTAR's licensee,The KTAR Broadcasting Company, occurred in 1968. A merger between the John J. Louis Jr. family interests, Waits & Company, and the Eller Telecasting Company interests was affected in the summer of 1968 to form a new firm, Combined Communications Corporation. The Eller Company, owned by Karl Eller and associates, owned several broadcast properties in Yuma, Arizona as well as extensive outdoor billboard advertising signs, which were then merged through a stock corporation. Its licensee concurrently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Combined Communications Corporation. The sale, gaining FCC approval on October l6th, was for an aggregate of fifteen million dollars. Karl Eller was then named President of KTAR's licensee, replacing Ray C. Smucker.

 

George Guyan was named Vice President and Station Manager of KTAR in early January of 1969, becoming Vice President and General Manager later in the same year. In August 1973, Ralph Beaudin was appointed President and General Manager of the "MOR"-formatted station. In the fall of 1973, KTAR's studios were remodeled and expanded in space at 1101 North Central Avenue, which was formerly occupied by the CCC corporate headquarters. The new space was to allow for KTAR's new programming service, "Action News," begun in mid-September 1973, which featured all news and information. KTAR also became a full time twenty-four hour a day operation, affiliated with the American Information Radio Network. KTAR's long-standing NBC affiliation was terminated in 1974. On October 1, 1975, the station affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System. Its ABC Information affiliation was also retained. At this time, John Bonnett was KTAR's Station Manager.

In the mid-seventies, the Arizona Broadcasting System regional network was disbanded.

 

President and General Manager Ralph Beaudin resigned in June of 1976. In late October 1976, John F. Bayliss was named President of the Radio Division of owner Combined Communications Corporation, and concurrently was elected an officer of the company. Ex-KTAR Board Chairman Richard 0. "Dick" Lewis died at 71 on November 18, 1976. Replacing Station manager John Bonnett in December 1976 was Richard K. Penn, the named KTAR's new General Manager. Combined opened new corporate offices in a new two story addition in what was once a parking lot adjacent to the "KTAR Building" on North Central Avenue in September, 1977. Stephen E. Glueck was named General Manager of the all News Stations in 1978. President, John Bayliss, left the company in early 1979 to join a San Diego all news outlet.

 

The FCC approved a license transfer of KTAR and it's FM sister station on February 28, 1979 from the Karl Eller controlled Combined Communications Corporation to Phoenix Broadcasting, Inc., owned by the Pulitzer Publishing Company in an asset and stock transfer totaling $370 million. Combined concurrently acquired KSD St. Louis from Pulitzer Publishing interests for KTAR and KBBC (FM) and cash. The new ownership assumed control on June 7, I979. Stephen Glueck was retained as General Manager under the new ownership. New studios were opened in mid- 1979 at 301 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix.

 

 

Today . . .

 

 

KTAR 620 NEWS/TALK/SPORTS . . . Arizona's oldest continuously licensed broadcast station, operates 24 hours a day with an all news and information format from studios at 301 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Operating at 620 kHz with 5,000 watts (nighttime directional), KTAR is licensed to Phoenix Broadcasting, Inc., a subsidiary of the Pulitzer Broadcasting Company (Michael E. Pulitzer, President and Chief Executive Officer). James F. Taszarek is Vice President and General Manager of the ABC Information Network affiliated station.

 

 

1989 was a banner year for KTAR as they were awarded George M. Foster Peabody Award in May for the continuous coverage of the impeachment of Evan Meacham.

 

KTAR also won the Scripps Howard Foundation "Jack R. Howard" Award for excellence in local broadcast journalism, again for the impeachment and Arizona Senate trial of Evan Meacham. The Radio-Television News Directors Association, Inc. has just awarded KTAR the 1989 RTNDA National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage in radio.



 

wpe1.gif (823814 bytes) International Insurance Company (click for view)

The use of broadcast advertising -telling the story of International-day in day out, to thousands of people, has been of major importance in the growth of Arizona's largest legal reserve life insurance company.

On September 2, 1939 International Insurance Company started its First consistent radio campaign. This was placed on one station, KTAR. It was a modest little program presented three days each week. In a short time the effect of radio was Felt and when the opportunity came to sponsor the 7:30 A. M. News, the program was then changed and on October I, 1939 the "First Complete News of The Day" was started.

Today, International's broadcasts consist of news from the complete wire services of United Press, Associated Press, Press Association, and International News Service, delivered direct to the news room of the Arizona Broadcasting Co. Recently arrangements have been completed For a regular newscast over the Arizona Network station KOY, Phoenix, each Sunday noon at 12:30 o'clock.

On November I, 1943, KTAR released the 1300th pro­gram under the sponsorship of International Insurance Company. This figure multiplied by the number of stations used amounts to several thousand actual programs released.

This series of programs is highlighted each Wednesday morning by the voice of Mr. Albert G. Ingalls, Vice-President of International Insurance Company. His weekly discussions of the aims, ideals, and services of insurance are consistently ir\­teresting and his admirers are numbered by the thousands.

The friendly voice of Howard Pyle, news announcer; copy prepared by Lee Karson; the services of Harold Gates, account executive; and their enthusiastic cooperation are a combination that, added to the facilities of the Arizona Broadcasting Co., have made our radio experience one of success.

J. HOWARD PYLE 

(upper left)

Program Director of
 
KTAR and the Arizona Broadcasting Company. You hear the pleasent voice of Mr. Pyle at seven­thirty each morning, bringing you "The First Complete News of the Day"

HAROLD R. GATES

(upper right)

Account executive of KT AR has the responsibility of serving International's interests in all matters pertaining to this Com­pany's radio efforts.

LEE KARSON 

(right)

Continuity writer For KTAR and a member of the program department. Mr. Karson pre­pared the commercial copy for International's News Program for many months. He is now serving in the Armed Forces



wpe1.gif (823814 bytes) International Insurance Company (click for view)

The use of broadcast advertising -telling the story of International-day in day out, to thousands of people, has been of major importance in the growth of Arizona's largest legal reserve life insurance company.

On September 2, 1939 International Insurance Company started its First consistent radio campaign. This was placed on one station, KTAR. It was a modest little program presented three days each week. In a short time the effect of radio was Felt and when the opportunity came to sponsor the 7:30 A. M. News, the program was then changed and on October 1, 1939 the "First Complete News of The Day" was started.

Today, International's broadcasts consist of news from the complete wire services of United Press, Associated Press, Press Association, and International News Service, delivered direct to the news room of the Arizona Broadcasting Co. Recently arrangements have been completed For a regular newscast over the Arizona Network station KOY, Phoenix, each Sunday noon at 12:30 o'clock.

On November I, 1943, KTAR released the 1300th pro­gram under the sponsorship of International Insurance Company. This figure multiplied by the number of stations used amounts to several thousand actual programs released.

This series of programs is highlighted each Wednesday morning by the voice of Mr. Albert G. Ingalls, Vice-President of International Insurance Company. His weekly discussions of the aims, ideals, and services of insurance are consistently ir\­teresting and his admirers are numbered by the thousands.

The friendly voice of Howard Pyle, news announcer; copy prepared by Lee Karson; the services of Harold Gates, account executive; and their enthusiastic cooperation are a combination that, added to the facilities of the Arizona Broadcasting Co., have made our radio experience one of success.

 

 

J. HOWARD PYLE 

(upper left)

Program Director of KTAR and the Arizona Broadcasting Company. You hear the pleasant voice of Mr. Pyle at seven­thirty each morning, bringing you "The First Complete News of the Day"

HAROLD R. GATES

(upper right)

Account executive of KTAR has the responsibility of serving International's interests in all matters pertaining to this Company's radio efforts.

LEE KARSON 

(right)

Continuity writer For KTAR and a member of the program department. Mr. Karson prepared the commercial copy for International's News Program for many months. He is now serving in the Armed Forces

 

(from Diane Kalas  )

Clockwise from top, John Culea, Bill Redeker, Dan Webster, 
Jack Frazier, Diane Kalas, Gene McLain, Dick Gaither.

 

KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

 

KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

 

November 1968 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

MORE JOIN BASKETBALL SPONSORS;

SUNS OPEN "SOLD OUT" ON KTAR RADIO

Three more "top-notch"

sponsors have been added to the

list of advertisers presenting

major league sports in Arizona.

Sponsorship of the Phoenix Suns

basketball broadcasts on KTARadio

and Channel 12 TV

now includes Blue Cross/Blue

Shield of Arizona, Southern

Arizona Bank and Hallcraft

Homes, Inc.

Quarter sponsorship of the

radio broadcasts were announced

by Hallcraft Homes

Sales Manager Floyd Milne

thru Allen Reed Advertising of

Phoenix.

Eighth sponsorship of both

radio and television broadcasts

was announced on behalf of

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona

by John Foster, Executive

Director. The account executive

is Hal Ackerman of Owens

and Associates.

Southern Arizona Bank's

eighth sponsorship on radio and

television was disclosed by Elk

Harwood of Harwood-Garland

Agency.

Curran-Morton Advertising

of Phoenix also announced late

last month the participation of

Arizona Public Service Company

in the telecasts of 6 Suns'

games during the season.

Full sponsorship has now

been accomplished on KTARadio

and television sponsorship

is 90% complete going into the

first game of the season. (See

related story on page 3 for

complete November schedule.

KTAR/TV will telecast from

Seattle on October 30, from

Tucson against Detroit on November

14, from Chicago on

November 30, from San Diego

on March 1. The latter four

telecasts will be in color.

Other sponsors participating

in Suns broadcasts include A-I

Beer, Union Oil, Holsum Bakeries

and Black & Ryan (RCA).

 

 

September  1968 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC





 

IN MEMORIAM

B0B VACHE 1924·1970

SPORTS DIRECTOR - KTAR

 

 

Bob Vache, 45, Sports Director of KTAR Radio and Television was killed early Saturday morning, January 17 in a one car automobile accident at 26th Street and Washington in Phoenix.

A native of Phoenix - educated at Tolleson High School and Phoenix College - "Vash" began his illustrious career in' 1942. He joined the staff of KTAR in 1953 where he broadcast sports programs and play by play descriptions until being named program director of Channel 12 (KTAR) TV in 1957. Coupling sports broadcasting with his executive duties, Vache continued as the voice of Arizona State and University of Arizona broadcasts.

A desire to return to full-time sports reporting culminated in 1962 when Bob returned to his first love-sports.

In the 8 years which followed, Vache was named Arizona's outstanding sports broadcaster an unprecedented five times by the National Association Of Sportswriters and Broadcasters. When the Phoenix Suns National Basketball Association franchise was granted in Phoenix, Bob was logically assigned as the "Voice of the Suns" on KTAR radio and TV.

A pilot with the Army Air Corps in World War II, Bob remained in the Air Force Reserve after his discharge rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel with the 302nd Air Rescue Squadron.

He is survived by his wife, Bettie and their two children, Marilyn 18 and son Tommy 13.

The following is a portion of Bill Stull's newscast on Channel 12 which was broadcast the night following Bob's death.

". . . a sportsman, a gentleman and a friend. As a thorough and dedicated craftsman Bob set standards that the rest of us will never live up to. Few men in broadcasting have earned the respect which we felt for him. He was, in every sense of the word, a professional. Bob Vache was indeed a sportsman, a true gentleman and an irreplaceable friend. The words fit Bob Vache. The hard part, and the still unbelievable part, -the word was."

May we all add our endorsement to Bill's words.

The Staff and Management of KTAR

This KTAR Radio and Television newsletter from February 1970 containing this article now resides in the Ray Lindström Collection at SMECC - www.smecc.org - SMECC endeavors to get as much Arizona Broadcast History online as we can. If you have old documents and photos please contact us at 623-435-1522 or email us. Do you have a drawer full of old photos and a scanner? Fire it up and lets get them online! - Ed#
 
 
 

October 1968 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

 

 

November 1968 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC


January 1970 

Januart 1970 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

UTILITY, HOME BUILDERS 
TEAM UP IN CO-OP 
PROMOTION 

A cooperative advertising 
campaign designed to promote 
growth in the homebuilding in­
dustry in Arizona was announc­
ed late last month by Arizona 
Public Service Company, Valley 
Homebuilders and Channel 12 
Television. 

The 20 - week campaign, 
placed exclusively on Channel 
12 thru Jennings and Thompson 
Advertising Agency, will feature 
commercial minutes in and 
around News 90, the Andy Wil­
liams Show, The Tonight Show, 
Saturday Night News and Big 
Valley. 

The messages will feature the 
APS Builder's Information Cen­
ter in Christown and will also 
highlight a valley home builder. 
The Builder's Information Cen­
ter is a service of APS to pros­
pective homebuyers. It lists all 
new homes for sale in the Valley 
and features of each such as 
price, location, options, etc. 
Ray Lindstrom, Channel 12 
Account Executive calls it a 
one - stop information head­
quarters. 

Of the campaign, which be­
gins January 14, Tom Keefe of 
Arizona Public Service Com­
pany says, "This is one more 
way that APS can help promote 
growth in Arizona Homebuild­
ing." 

APS also sponsors "Indispens­
ables" and "Weather Sketches" 
on Channel 12. 

 

 
 
FILM UNIT BECOMES
COMBINED CINEGRAPHICS
(April 1969 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)
Long recognized as the quality
production unit for television
films and commercials, KTARTV's
Film Production Unit
takes on a new identity as of
April 1st.
Now operating under the
name of Combined Cinegraphics,
the film production unit will
continue to serve as the production
company for Channel 12
Television but will expand its
operations to a regional and national
level.
New, enlarged editing and
viewing rooms and additional
office space are being constructed
on the second floor of the
KT AR Building to house the
operation.
Increased demand for the
services of the unit by regional
advertisers and the addition of
new personnel and more equipment
has made the expansion
necessary.
In addition to commercial
work Combined Cinegraphics
will serve as the production unit
for the newly established Documentary
Division of the News
Department.

RUSSEll & BELL TO
HEAD FILM PRODUCTION
(October 1969 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

Bob Russell Ritk Bell
The appointments of Bob Russell
as Manager and Rick Bell
as Film Production Manager of
Combined Cinegraphics were
announced September 15 by
Ray C. Smucker, President and
General Manager of KTAR/TV.
Russell, who will retain the
position of Production Coordinator
for KTAR/TV, joined
Channel 12 in 1967 in the production
department after serving
two years as a director for
KTVK. Prior to coming to
Phoenix in 1966, Russell was
employed as writer, director
and on-air talent at KPRC- TV
in Houston.
Bell, a member of the
KTAR/TV staff since 1953, has
served as television cameraman
producer and film cameraman)
director in that time. He was
instrumental in establishing the
predecessor of Combined Cinegraphics,
the KT AR Film Production
Unit.
Combined Cinegraphics specializes
in the production of television
film and video taped
commercials, documentary and
industrial films and recently was
awarded "Best In Class" for its
"Today In Arizona" film besting
more than 400 other entries
in the 11th Annual Industrial
Photography competition.
KTAR RADIO LOG


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(July 1971 vol 2 #4  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)


Combined Cinegraphics cameraman, Sonny
Stires, prepares to film open heart surgery
at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.
The film was featured on KTAR-TV's "Project 12."

(April 1972 vol 3 #1  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)


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Bill Clark, Owner and General Manager of Valley Dodge in Glendale, is shown on the
set with KTAR-TV Salesman, Don Pauly, before the taping of one of the new format
3D-second commercial spots KT AR is producing for Valley Dodge.

(April 1972 vol 3 #1  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

 


 

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DIANA KALAS, hostess of "Today in Arizona" on KTAR-TV is shown talking with David
Hartman (center) and San Francisco Giants manager Charles Fox. Hartman, star of NBC TV's
"The Bold Ones" is an ardent baseball buff and works out with the team during
spring training in Phoenix. He also appeared live with Diane on her morning show.

(April 1971 vol 2 #1  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

 

Arizona Film
Premiere
The Combined Cinegraphics-Arizona Department of
Economic Planning and Development's new Arizona
state film was introduced to state and local dignitaries
at a gala evening at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
Highlights of the evening and the film itself were
aired in a one-hour special April 2 on KTAR Television.
 
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DIANE KALAS AND BOB CAPPS
... co-hosted event
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KTAR CAMERAMAN JOHN SMITH SHOOTS GUESTS' ARRIVAL
... at the Camelback Inn
LEFT TO RIGHT -Karl Eller, Governor and Mrs. lack
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. lack Clifford, Hamilton Wright,
Executive Producer of Combined Cinegraphics.
(April 1971 vol 2 #1  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)
ABOVE-Tim D. Hayes, Director
of Industrial and Tourism
Development for the Arizona
Department of Economic Planning
and Development introduces
the film to the audience.
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RIGHT -Diane Kalas talks with
Governor Williams after the
film presentation.
(April 1971 vol 2 #1  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

(April 1971 vol 2 #1  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)



Diane Kalas of KTAR-TV's "Today In Arizona" Show interviews John C. Brogan, manager
of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Hawaii while Tom Kyle films the conversation for use
during August on the early morning Channel 12 news show.
KOCO- TV Announces Fall Lineup

(Aug. 1971 vol 2 #5  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

(Aug. 1971 vol 2 #5  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

KTAR-TV Film Crew
Interviews Arizona
Servicemen in Hawaii
A KTAR film crew spent the first five days
of July in Hawaii, gathering material to be
used for "Today in Arizona." Diane Kalas,
co-host of the show and KTAR Promotion
Director, Tom Kyle, who acted as cameraman,
came back with fourteen stories, most of them
involving Arizonans.
The KTAR crew interviewed Arizona servicemen
on R & R in Honolulu as well as their
dependents. Approximately 175 veterans arrive
from Vietnam daily.
In addition to these interviews, they filmed
a special feature at the Arizona Memorial which
will be aired on December 7, and interviews
with Arizonans in Trippler Military Hospital.
The stay in Hawaii included a tour of Pearl
Harbor where they were shown through a
submarine, the USS Tang. One day was spent
on the big island of Hawaii where they shot
film of the volcano, lava flows and the general
terrain of the island.
The "Today in Arizona" crew flew via Western
Airlines to the islands where they stayed
in the new sixty-two million dollar Sheraton-
Waikiki Convention Hotel on the Waikiki
Strip.
The KTAR crew was allowed to tour a
Russian icebreaker docked at the pier in Honolulu.
The ship was making a journey around
the world from Odessa, through the Panama
Canal to Vladivostok. The first officer, with a
very limited amount of English was their congenial
and cooperative tour guide.
According to Diane, the highlight of the
trip was her interview with the Commander
in Chief of the Pacific, Admiral John S. Me-
Cain. He discussed his eighty-five million
square miles of responsibility covering all four
branches of the service, the role of his men
in the space recovery program and the security
of our nation.
(Aug. 1971 vol 2 #5  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

(Aug. 1971 vol 2 #5  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)
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The city council of Glendale, a suburb of
Phoenix, felt it needed more participation
and involvement in city affairs by its 36,-
000 residents. Through the efforts of Mayor
Max Klass and Lee Stanley, Director of
Glendale's Department of Parks and Recreation,
Eller Outdoor has posted the first
in a series of special signs encouraging
deeper involvement by Glendale citizens.
Ted Edmundson, VP of Eller of Arizona,
arranged the effort which will continue
over a period of several months.
(Aug. 1971 vol 2 #5  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

 

Oct. 1968 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

 

MUZAK DIVISION

NOW OFFERS COMPLETE

SOUND SYSTEM

(July 1970 vol 1 #4  CCC ( was KTAR newsletter a year  before) Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC)

The MUZAK Division of KTAR Broadcasting
was recently made the exclusive distributor
for McMartin Products for the State of Arizona.
The announcement was made by Jim Starkloff,
Vice President of MUZAK Division.
The complete sound system is flexible to
meet each individual need - from small intercoms
to large, complex Dial Telephone Systems,
from small paging systems requiring one
microphone to large systems requiring paging
from every telephone in the plant or office.
"The unique feature of the sound system
is that by the use of its own dial phones,
there is no tie-up of the outside lines," stated
Starkloff. "In addition, since it's a centralized
system, there is more privacy of inner-office
conversations."
The complete sound or intercommunication
systems may be leased or purchased either
with or without "Music by MUZAK" to include
an optional complete maintenance
service.

 

 


 

FCC APPROVES TRANSFER OF YUMA STATION

AND CCC NEGOTIATES FOR OKLA. TV PURCHASE

Dec. 1969 KTAR Newsletter  -     From the Ray Lindstrom collection at  SMECC

The Federal Communications
Commission has approved the
transfer of control of Eller Telecasting
Co., licensee of KBLUAM
and KBLU-TV in Yuma,
Arizona to Combined Communications
Corporation. The
transfer is subject to the future
ability of the Federal Communications
Commission to require
Combined Communications to
comply with the "one-to-a-market"
rule if it is adopted by the
commission. 
The FCC ruling also approved
the proposal of CCC to
donate AM station KBLU to
Arizona Western College, a two year
Junior College in Yuma.
The donation provides Yuma
with its first educational radio
service. Eller Telecasting will
be a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Combined Communications
Corporation. KBLU-TV will be
operated in conjunction with
KYUM-AM, another company
of CCC, in the Yuma-El Centro
area.
Welch emphasized editorial
policy of the magazine will remain
completely in the hands
of its own editorial staff. He
pointed out that Phoenix Magazine
has always attempted to
reflect the pleasure of the Phoenix
way of life but has never
hesitated to explore city problems
such as teen addiction, air
pollution or the rising crime
rate.
In another recent announcement,
CCC President Karl Eller
said tentative agreement has
been reached with representative
shareholders of Cimarron 
Television Corporation for the
purchase of the stock of KOCO-TV
in Oklahoma City.
The transaction is subject to
arrangements as to financing
satisfactory to CCC and the sellers,
to final written agreement
and approval by the Federal
Communications Commission.
Announced purchase price is
$6.5 million. KOCO-TV is an
affiliate of the ABC Television
Network and operates on Channel 
5.
 
 
 

 

 

 

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